Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $76K annually. Total cash earnings of Computer Hardware Engineers range from $41K on the low end to $123K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $25K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the specific company. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Computer Hardware Engineers are happy with their jobs. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,315 - $123,199
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$48K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,017
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$14.74 - $38.71
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$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,315 - $123,199  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$41,185 - $123,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $38.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$20.00 - $100.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$50.00 - $25,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,185 - $123,396  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Hardware Engineer


Those at Intel Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $121K.

Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Computer Hardware Technician, verilog, and Board Design / Debug are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 49 percent, 30 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java. Most people who know Engineering Design also know C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $110K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $95K by contrast.

Computer Hardware Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Engineer at Intel Corporation?

Computer Hardware Engineer in Folsom:
"Trying to be agile within a results-oriented culture."
Pros: Flexibility and the smart people I work with; keeps me engaged in helping the group deliver the best products possible to our customers!
Cons: Working in a big company it is hard to feel like you make a big impact.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Computer Hardware Technician
up arrow 49%

verilog
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Board Design / Debug
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Engineering Design
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C programming Language
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C
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C++ Programming Language
0%

National Average
$72,000

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C++
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Java
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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